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Corruption, Manufacturing Plant Growth, and the Asian Paradox: Indonesian Evidence

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  • Vial, Virginie
  • Hanoteau, Julien

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Summary Using panel data from the Indonesian manufacturing industry during the Suharto era (1975-95), we assess the impact of plant-level corruption on output and productivity growth. In support of the "grease the wheels" hypothesis and the view of an Asian paradox, we find that corruption, measured as bribes and indirect tax payments, has a positive and statistically significant effect on individual plant growth. This effect persists over the entire period, which suggests improvements in the efficacy of the bribe system and a strengthening of the long-term contract between firms and the government.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 (May)
Pages: 693-705

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:38:y:2010:i:5:p:693-705

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Keywords: corruption taxation plant growth and productivity Asia Indonesia;

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  1. Lau, Chi Keung Marco & Demir, Ender & Bilgin, Mehmet Huseyin, 2013. "Experience-based corporate corruption and stock market volatility: Evidence from emerging markets," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 17(C), pages 1-13.
  2. Maria Cristina Molinari, 2011. "Corruption in Privatization and Governance Regimes," Working Papers 201_28, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
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  5. Marcus Dejardin & Helene Laurent, 2014. "Greasing the wheels of entrepreneurship? A complement according to entrepreneurial motives," Working Papers 1402, University of Namur, Department of Economics.
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    [Consequences of Corruption : Empirical survey]
    ," MPRA Paper 41482, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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